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>> right off the top tonight, breaking news. the d.c. sniper is dead tonight. john allen muhammad executed, killed by a lethal injection. the time of death, 9:11. good evening, everyone. i'm brim bolter. >> and i'm shawn yancy. muhammad didn't say a word in the moments before he died. we cover every angle of the execution, beginning with paul wagner live tonight. >> reporter: brian and shawn, we know there were at least 27 witnesses in the death chamber this evening. a few minutes ago we spoke with five of them. they all described john allen muhammad as very calm, unemotional. he said nothing. the drugs began going into his system at 9:06. he was dead five minutes later. one of the people we spoke th is prince william's commonwealth attorney paul ebert. he is the prosecutor that put muhammad here on death row. he is also the prosecutor has put most people on death row
here in the state of virginia. he has never witnessed an execution until tonight. we spoke with him a few minutes ago. >> he died very peacefully, muchore than most of his victims. i felt a sense of closure, and i hope that they did, too. i think they looked forward to that and i hope they have some peace by virtue of his execution. one thing, i know that they all know, that they don't have to worry about him in the future. he had so much more chance than any of their loved ones had. our system of justice gave him every opportunity, and of course, he afforded himself that opportunity. he said nothing tonight, and he died very peace flow. >> reporter: there were -- peacefully. >> reporter: there were four media representatives, also the spokesperson for the department of corrections was in there, as well as muhammad's attorney. we are now going to hear from all three. larry trailer is the person who
was first up to the podium and he describes what:he saw inside the death chamber. >> he came in under his own power, escorted by the officers. he seemed quiet and relaxed. i never heard him utter a word or say anything in particular, at all. >> at 8:58, john muhammad was walked into the death chamber. he kind of staggered in. he was in a blue shirt, blue deny him jean -- denim jeans, kind of being held up by corrections officers. he looked around mostly to the floor. he was very clean-cut. they strapped him in by his legs, first then his waist, then his arms. >> we deeply sympathize with the families and loved one whose have to relive the pain and loss of those terrible days. our sympathies also extend to the children of john muhammad, who with humility and self-
consciousness today -- lost a father and a member of their family. >> reporter: we do know that there were family members of victims inside the death chamber, and we know that john muhammad could not see them. we do believe that his body has already been put into a medical examiner's wagon and taken off the prison grounds, but this was not orchestrated. we weren't told which van it was. we took victims of a number of them but we believe he's already enroute to richmond and then his body will be turned over to his family. brian and shawn. >> paul, i'm just curious. wow heard you say some victims' family members were there to watch the execution. do we know if any members of muhammad's family were there for the execution? >> reporter: no. none of muhammad's family were here for the execution.
they were here outside the prison, as you know, earlier today we talked with carol williams, muhammad's first wife. we also know that muhammad's oldest son, 27-year-old lynnburg williams he actually came inhere, spent about an hour and a half with john muhammad and when he left, a number of us reporters were waiting outside the prison gates to talk to him. but he declined to comment at that time. we do know from his mother that he wanted to ask john muhammad why he did this, but we don't kn if muhammad actually answered that question, shawn and brian. >> paul wagner, live tonight in jared, virginia. also at the correctional facility, fox 5's will thomas continues our team coverage of the sniper execution tonight. will. >> reporter: good eveng, brian and shawn. we were just outside the gates of the greenville correctional facility here in jarret, virginia, where members of law enforcement were gathered, i would say at least 20 to 25 officers. they potentially estimated that
there would be a crowd of 50 or more outside. we were hearing those estimates of anti-death penalty protestors, but perhaps this weather kept them away. there were folks out there, including the mother of one of the victims, 35-year-old conrad johnson was a bus driver, shot october 22nd in silver spring. he was the last victim of the snipers. johnson was just standing on the top step of his empty bus when he was shot. married, a father of two, he was shot in the stomach. as he may have been getting off his montgomery county ride-on bus. his mother is here in jarrett but refuses to watch the execution. here she is. >> i thought i died myself. i was numb. i had no feeling. i just knew i was dead. i never gained complete closure. but at least i'll know that that part of my life is behind me. i'll never forget my son, but at least i don't have to live every day thinking, what is going to happen to this demon.
>> reporter: also outside the gates here, muhammad's firsex- wife carol williams, paul just spoke about her, and their 27- year-old son lynnwood. they met with him at about 1:00 this afternoon. they say muhammad gave them his last letter. the family's lawyer showed us that letter. it was dated for today. they would not reveal what muhammad said. instead, the williams family is telling me they will hold a press conference at noon tomorrow, where they will reveal the contents of that letter. i asked, can you just tell me, was there any remorse? they just shook their head. i spoke with one of muhammad's lawyers. he said even today, muhammad maintains hid innocence. his innocence. live in jarrett, virginia. will thomas. >> will did you get a sense from the victims' family members out there that this was what they were finally waiting for after all these years, the buildup after seven years to this night? was it anti-climatic for them? what was their read? >> reporter: the one question they are typically asked over
these last seven years there any sense of closure, and they all tell me, no, there will never be closure. but the family members that we spoke with that wanted to see this execution happen, and not all of them didthey all tell me they feel just a little bit better today, brian. >> will thomas, live tonight in jarrett, virginia. thank you. as you just heard will say a short time ago, one of muhammad's attorneys spoke to reporters about two hours before the execution. wendell gordon said muhammad again not remorseful because he maintains his innocence. >> he is not remorseful, although he does extend his condolences to the family. what these families went through was tragic. on every level. and given the injustices in this case, what mr. muhammad went through was equally as tragic. >> muhammad's attorneys claim the client was mentally ill and should not have been executed. john allen muhammad
received the death penalty for the murder of dean harold meyers outside a manassas gas station. meyers' brother bob witnessed the execution tonight. he says he misses the way his older brother used to laugh and describes dean as unselfish and generous. meyers says his christian faith has helped him to forgive muhammad. >> we don't see any winners in this situation. we're not gloating about that, or, you know, going to celebrate john uhammad's death. at this point, it's time to pay the debt to society. not just for dean's death, but for many other deaths, and for injuries that he caused. >> bob barnard is live at that gas station with more. bob. >> reporter: well, brian, this is still a sunoco station, but there is no outward sign of the darkness and death that visited this place.
talk to customers filling up at the infamous sunoco station in manassas seven years later and you'll touch a nerve nearly as raw as at the time of the crime. >> i remember pumping my gas and walking back and forth, and dodging in and out of the car. it was a very scary time. >> reporter: convicted sniper john allen muhammad, now executed for the murder he committed right here. >> i believe he deserves it. there was a lot of innocent people that died for no reason. you know, or injured. >> reporter: it happened here at pump number 4 on a wednesday night in october, 2002. haris kassim remembers it well. >> i live in maryland so i fill up every other day or so. so i realized when i heard it on the news, i said i was just there, on the other side. i don't know whether it was the same hour or not. but that same evening, i come here often. one of these three gas stations, i fill up, and it was very chilling feeling. >> reporter: dean myers was
also a regular customer at this gas station, had already filled up when he was shot. from sky fox that night you can see myers' car still parked at the pump. he was a 53-year-old civil engineer who fought and was wounded in vietnam. and commuted to manassas from his home in gaithersburg. >> i lived in montgomery county during that time right near where many of the incidents were. and regardless of my personal thoughts, i think justice is taking its natural outcome. >> reporter: malik usef owns the sunoco station, has for eight years. >> right now the customers come in they're asking us, this is our station and we feel shame. >> reporter: he showed us the lone unmarked memorial to dean myers. >> the rock is one of mr. myers' friends from vietnam, and he came and he requested, and he also bring in u.s. flags and he put the flag on there for his memories. >> reporter: some people who patron nice this gas station
say they are well aware of its place in our history, but others are not. again, brian, there is no written plaque or marker explaining what happened here seven years ago. >> bob, did mr. yusef tell you about how the shooting affected his business if at all? >> reporter: absolutely. and there are three gas stations at this corner as mr. kassim mentioned. mr. yusef says he believes he lost about $60,000 in business. he says nobody would go to his gas station. even his employees were afraid to show up to work so he appealed to sunoco, the compa, and they sent out free gas coupons to the loyal customers, about $100,000 worth to bring his business back. >> just brings back all those memories, as well. bob barnard live in manassas tonight. the victims killed at random, innocent people going about their daily lives. take a look. these are the faces of the 10 local men and women who were killed during the 23 days of tearer in october of 2002. three other victims were killed in louisiana, alabama, and
arizona before the shooting spree began here. police believe muhammad and lee boyd malvo committed other shootings but were never charged. muhammad's accomplice in the sunshiner shooting lee malvo is serving a life sentence in a virginia prison. he originally claimed he was the only shooter but eventually changed his story. his sentence carries no possibility of parole our coverage of the execution of john muhammad is far from over tonight. keep it right here on fox 5 for continuing live reporting from the scene in jarrett, virginia. a somber day at fort hood. family and friends remembering lost loved ones there. >> we knew these men and women as soldiers and care givers. you knew them as mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. sisters and brothers. >> we take you to the emotional tribute, next. did you see it? the video taking the nation's breath away. tonight we hear from witnesses to this near disaster.
>> their memory will be honored in the places they lived, and by the people they toued >> an emotional and tearful service in texas today to honor the 13 lives lost in last week's attack on the nation's largest army base. 15,000 people gathered at fort hood today to pay their respects to the u.s. service members gunned down, allegedly by one of their own. laura evans joins us with more on the tribute to those lost in the rampage at fort hood. >> reporter: shawn, president obama and the first lady were there for today's service bu before it even started, they met privately with victims' families and with some of the injures soldiers, including some who are still in the hospital recovering from their gunshot wounds. >> we come together filled with sorrow for the 13 americans that we have lost. >> reporter: the president and first lady among the thousands who went to fort hood tuesday for a somber ceremony to remember the 12 u.s. soldiers
and one civilian gunned down in last week's shooting rampage. >> this is a time of war. if these americans did not die on a-- yet these americans did not die on a foreign field of battle. they were killed here, on american soil. every evening that the sun seth on a tranquil town, every dawn that a flag is unfurled. every moment that an american enjoys life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that is their legacy. reporter: the president told stories about each of the victims, whose empty boots lined a wall. pictures of each of the fallen also on display. it was a traditional military service, including a shorter is mon, a 21-gun -- sermon, a 21- gun slot and the playing of taps. [ taps played ] . >> reporter: meantime the army psychiatrist suspected of opening fire on his comrades remained hospitalized. he has met with his lawyer a retired army colonel with experience in high profile cases.
>> you're always nervous to ensure that you do the right thing for your client. >> reporter: authorities say hasan will answer to charges in military court, because he is active duty, and the incident happened on a military base. in his address, the president said the killer will be met with justice. >> it may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy, but this much we do know: no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts. no just and loving god looks upon them with favor. >> reporter: officials at fort hood say 15 of the 29 people wounded in last week's shooting spree remain hospitalized tonight. three, shawn, are still in icu. >> laura evans, thank you. new reports claim a government terrorism task force investigated major nidal hasan months ago. two officials speaking anonymously revealed a worker reviewed hasan's personal files
after the fbi learned of communications between hasan and a radical imam overseas. the assessment included hasan did not need further investigation in part because he and the imam were discussing a research paper hasan was working on. a maryland marine has died in afghanistan. 26-year-old charles cart right of union bridge died on saturday. he joined the marines on september 10, 2001, and earned two purple hearts and two combat action ribbons. the d.c. mayor is still in the hot seat over his bicycle training. look at this video of the mayor and his cycling group allegedly blowing through lights. there it is. and backing up traffic on the clara barton parkway which is against federal law. karen gray houston reports. >> reporter: putting america to work? >> reporter: the mayor out in northeast trying to draw attention to stimulus dollars at work improving the eastern
avenue bridge. but the question centerednd this w.t.o.p. video that captured the mayor and his crew clogging traffic and appearing to run red lights, fentey promises to do better. >> i'll do everything possible to not only make traffic flow better, but to make ure that everyone is as safe as humanly possible. >> reporter: those cycling excursions on the parkway a violation of the code of federal regulations. >> so it is illegal to ride a bicycle on the clara barton parkway. >> reporter: violations are a $70 fine plus $25 in court costs. >> i didn't even know that street prohibited bicycles until they brought it to my attention. a lot of bicyclists didn't know that was the case either. a great public service being done. >> is ignorance a defense? >> it sure isot. >> reporter: looks like he'll have to scratch the parkway off the list of where he and his cycling team train for races. d.c. is full of multi-use trails like this one. the mount vernon trail by the
airport. this would be one way to stop blocking traffic, and avoid riding on restricted roadways. some bikers on the trailer with surprised to learn the mayor had been breaking the the law riding on the clara barton parkway. >> i grew up in this area. when i was 14 i did it a few times myself. not only it is not something you should do, it's just plain dangerous. >> reporter: the problem is there are no signs on the parkway saying bicycling is prohibited. >> they should certainly make it as easy as possible for the average cyclist know where they can ride and where they cannot. iraqi lucky for fente no park police officers saw him when he broke the law so for now he gets a pass. karen gray houston, fox 5 news. keep that nice summer glow? one county is considering making it illegal for some. plus one of the biggest names in sports announces he's fighting a deadly disease. and our crews right now working every angle of the d.c.
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>> caught on camera. a woman barely escapes death after falling onto train tracks in boston. that's her right there. over the edge she goes. we first showed you the shocking video last night. tonight we are hearing from the train operator whose quick action saved that woman's life. the woman was apparently drunk, fell onto the tracks right as the train was pulling into the station. >> the people were waving but they were waving a little bit too much and they were really, really close to the yellow line which they're not supposed to be. obviously telling me slow your train down. slow it down. and as i'm approaching, the lady popped her head up. i'm like oh, my god someone is in the pit. i threw it into emergency, just like i'm supposed to do, and it just stopped just in time not to hurt her. >> the train operator was given the week off to calm her
nerves. the victim is doing well. not facing any charges. the healthcare battle got a boost today from a big name. former president bill clinton made a rare appearance on capitol hill for a meeting with senate democrats. it's an effort to keep them all behind the healthcare bill that will be voted on soon. republicans dismissed the visit as a publicity stunt. cameras weren't allowed inside the meeting. the house passed its version of the healthcare bill on saturday. nba legend kareem abdul jabbar revealed he is fighting a rare type of blood cancer. doctors diagnosed him nearly a year ago. he says his prognosis is ood and he is taking an oral medication to treat the leukemia. he wants to inspire others who are living with the same blood cancer. abdul jabbar is 62. the nba's all time leading scorer. john muhammad paying the ultimate price for the murders of 13 people all across this country. his former wife still struggling with the crime spree because she believes she was a target. >> i know that he came here to
kill me. i know he didn't want me into his life. >> hear how mildred muhammad is moving on, next. >> and live to jarrett, virginia, where not everyone was satisfied with tonight's execution. we'll be back in three minutes. to discovering that the little things in life are often big things and the time well spent doesn't always mean money must be spent people everywhere are building their lives on more solid ground through sound choices and a smart approach to their finances and they're turning to suntrust for easy ways to save money and take more control over it live solid, bank solid. suntrust.
no wonder j.d. power and associates... - ♪ ooh, love hurts - ...ranked it highest in initial quality. the new nissan altima. quality you can love. ♪ ooh, love hurts. >> fox 5 staying on top of tonight's big story, the execution of the d.c. sniper. john allen muhammad put to death by lethal injection. time of death 9:11. >> muhammad terrorized the d.c. region for three weeks killing 10 people. still death penalty opponents say he should not have paid with his life. will thomas is live in jarrett, virginia tonight where protestors gathered outside the prison. will. >> reporter: shawn, brian, good evening again. as you know, seven years ago the washington region just terrorized by these two individuals and we were so fresh off of 9/11, just honoring the one year annivsary. now ironically at exactly 9:11 p.m. this evening, 48-year-old john
allen muhammad was put to death by lethal injection. three chemicals used. one rendered him unconscious. one stopped his breathing, the other stopped his heart. just outside the greenville correctional center, there were some people gathered. they wanted to send a clear message. they were a handful of protestors goetz against the death penalty, including derek lane and his son desmond. there is a large law enforcement contingency gathered outside the gates as well. but again very few people gathered. perhaps the rain played a role in the smaller crowd. these folks wanted to send one clear message. >> and we don't forgive anybody anymore. there's people right behind us chanting that this is a good thing. ut they'll be the same ones sitting in church on sunday. >> reporter: just a short time after the execution, i spoke with one of muhammad's lawyers, j. wendell gordon. he said he was inside the facility with muhammad today. he said they were trying to use levity to get through this. he said his last meal included
chick when red sauce and several cakes. he wanted strawberry cakes, chocolate and pineapple cakes and he said to this day, muhammad maintains his innocence. live in jarrett, virginia. will thomas. now back to you. >> will, what do we know if anything about the burial arrangements for jo muhammad? >> reporter: well, carol williams is his first ex-wife. she was here at the facility, as well, with the adult son, 27- year-old linwood they share together. they had a moment with him. he gave them his last later, it was dated today. we show you that at the top of the broadcast this evening. we'll find out the contents of that letter tomorrow. it's that family, the williams family, that will take his body with them to baton rouge, louisiana, for a private burial, brian. >> will thomas, live tonight. john muhammad's ex-wife mildred believes the murder spree unleashed on the d.c. region was a sinister plot to ultimately kill her, blame her death on a midst rear snipper and gain custody of their three children.
the man:she says used to be a loving husband and family has been put to death she is standing strong for their children. >> this is what i was dealt, and i have to handle it in the best manner for my children. because if i'm a mess, then they're a mess. and i refuse to allow them to be a mess. >> this journey has been a struggle for mildred muhammad and her children and tonight no doubt is even tougher. i asked mrs. muhammad if she feels justice was served tonight by executing her former husband? >> we have to give respect to the laws of the land. and a jury of 12 people decided that this was the best outcome for the crime that was committed. and that's what i go by. >> despite the fact that john muhammad was in prison for the past seven years, mildred muhammad still looked over her shoulder and still carried a restraining order against him everywhere she went. now she can finally toss it out and s. some peace. former montgomery county
police chief charles moose became the public face of the investigation. retired now, moose didn't pay a lot of attention leading up to tonight's execution but he is proud of the olice work that eventually gave the victims' families justice. >> people died, families have been changed forever. and so, again, you like to see that closure. >> of course we will continue our team coverage of tonight's execution on t news edge at 11. death row to a road to redemption. a former gang member now working to keep your kids safe. >> you lead up in the street they'll be exactly what the street makes out of them. >> the powerful message the manned behind the mask wants you to hear. plus this could be a thing of the past in one local community. who is looking to ban the tanning bed now. first here a sneak peek of what we're working at for the morning news starting at 4:55 a.m. more and more,
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>> struggling to keethat summer glow, now illegal. one local area tonight, the howard county health board passed a measure banning anyone under 18 years old from using indoor tanning devices. it's the first of this kind in its nation. we have more onthe controversial decision. robby. >> reporter: brian, all nine board members voted for this ban. it will likely be the first battle in the war between the tanning industry and health officials. the vote came after several hours of emotional testimony. >> right now i have to tell you
i'm a little freaked out. because yesterday afternoon i found this little dot on my hand. >> reporter: skin cancer survivors made an emotional plea to the howard county health board about a disease that affects more than just the skin. >> i live with thi every day. wondering if today is the day that hidden medical melanoma cells somewhere in my body will start attacking and growing without my even knowing it. >> reporter: recent studies have shown exposure to indoor tanning lamps by teens could increase melanoma risk by 75%. a claim that brought one operator to tears. >> i've had to learn the science of tanning beds to prove to people, to convince myself that i wasn't killing people. i truly believe there -- i mean -- >> reporter: the health board's unanimous vote means new regulations county wide take effect thursday. it also positions the health department as the first in the nation to ban teen use of tanning beds. >> we don't allow children to buy alcohol or tobacco if their
parents give them permission. why should cancer beds be any different? the bottom line is that a ban would hurt more teenagers that we know. we know studies show teens who tan in salons, despite what you heard earlier are significant liles likely to sunburn outdoors as opposed to non- tanners. >> reporter: the industry promised to challenge the new ban. >> we really don't desire confrontation, but we cannot stand by and allow this to happen. >> reporter: late tonight industry officials said they will file a lawsuit claiming the board has no authority to impose such regulations. the teen tan ban takes effect on thursday but there is a 30- day grace period, shawn. >> robby chavez, thank you. a convicted thief and murderer is changing the lives of kids turning to the streets. you will want your kids to hear his message, next. ps, find out how thieves managed to make 87 grand by going to their local lie brother. sue. shawn, we are just beginning to see light rain break out south of d.c. and it
>> tonight a story about a road the man you are about to meet has done something few people ever . he got off death row. >> now with his second chance he is trying to make a difference through a program that helps at risk youth. but it doesn't come without risk. wisdom martin is here with the story you'll only see on fox. >> reporter: he is a notorious gang leader. he lived a life of violence from a very early age. he has spent decades in jail, been involved with criminal activity and violence that landed him on death row. now, after everything he has
been through, the man who has done so much wrong wants to do something right by deterring others from following his bath ofestruction. >> you know what? >> reporter: he speaks from behind a mask to protect the lives of s family and friends. >> i thought the gang wouldn't hurt me. they would hurt the people that i loved. >> reporter: once a notorious gang leader on the streets of maryland, he preaches to those at risk of following in his deadly foot steps. >> shot him 17 times in the back of the neck. >> reporter: his message is hard to hear. one full of robberies, violence and prison time. a life of crime that started at age 10. >> i remember stealing, i remember breaking into cars. >> reporter: by 12 he had already been arrested for robbing a grocery store on georgia avenue. >> my mom could never accept the fact about the criminal in me because she failed to see me that way. >> reporter: the gang life kept calling, filling the void left from his broken home. >> the gang going to show the interest in you, going to teh you family. one thing you never let the streets do, don't ever let the
streets define who you are. >> reporter: his crime spree escalated, hitting banks around the d.c. area. >> i think i robbed the bank at walter reed so much they knew when i was coming. they used to leave the money on the doorsteps sometimes i thought it was so easy. >> reporter: two stints of robbery led to his first deadly encounter when he and others acted out after a friend was fatally stabbed. >> i think we stabbed about 13 >> reporter: for that crime he did the time. eight years, all the time building his street credit as a gang leader. rise crimes finally caught up with him in 1983. convicted of murder, armed robbery, and assault. the sentence, death by lethal injection. >> i didn't have another chance. you know, my life would end just like that. useless, worthless. >> reporter: but he did get another chance. upon a post-conviction appeal his sentence reduced. back then, there was no dna evidence to uphold his death sentence. he was given a lesser sentence. >> and i received 25 years with no parole. >> reporter: three years ago
his sentence ended. after spending more than half of his life incarcerated, giving him a lot of time to think, he decided it was finally time do change. >> i knew then that was my last chance. in prison you don't have anywhere to run. you don't have anywhere to run from anything. meaning that you can sit behind that door and not accept what was just being told to you, but the only person that you are fooling at that particular point in time is yourself. >> reporter: it was a professional basketball player who heard his story and helped him find his new mission in life. speaking to troubled youth. >> a lot of kids weren't athletes, they weren't scholars. they didn't have two parents in the household. >> reporter: former nba basketball player jarron mustaf asked him to be part of the take charge in prince george's county. >> he has been through all these things from 10, 11, 12 years old. there is nothing, there is nothing that they are going through that he has not already experienced. >> you got to seize his mind early. you can't wait until he is 17 years old with a murder beef
and a bank robbery. >> reporter: it's a risk for him to speak out. recently one of his friends who also visited the take charge program was killed. >> the same guy that walked in here with me to help these kids out got shot in the head eight times by a kid their age. >> reporter: it's a risk he is willing to take. >> leave them up to the street they will be exactly what the street makes out of them. >> reporter: his road to redeception trying to keep them from going down the same path he travels. >> if i can change one of their lives around that's my only way of saying i'm sorry. >> reporter: a couple of things to tell you about this man. he shot his father for abusing his mother when he was younger. his 38-year-old son was shot several times as part of a gang retaliation and now his son is in a wheelchair and those are just some of the things, shawn and brian he shared with the kids at the take charge program. it's a very fascinating story. he is really passionate about ging back, especially when you hear all the stories he's said about his life in exprifn life before prison -- prison and his life before prison. he is really passionate and
wants people not to go down this road. >> you can understand that. we see the mask there. i am assuming he wears the mask to protect his identity? >> the reason he wears that mask is because he was a notorious gang leader. people know exactly who he is if he takes it off and he is really concerned about what would happen to his family members, to his wife and friends if they find out that he's out now telling people don't go down this road, and showing up on tv and saying this is not a good idea, this isn't the way to go. young people, stay away from this. >> he wouldn't tell you his name and take the mask off with you, either. >> would not take the mask off for us. we know in the television world we have several different ways of covering up people's faces and altering voices. he wouldn't take the mask off even though the cameras weren't in the room. wouldn't take it off or share his name. he just wanted to be really secure with his identity and didn't want any chances of anything getting out about who he really is. >> clearly important to him. wisdom martin, thank you. >> all right. look at this. looks a little crazy scene heretropical storm ida seems to
have lost her punch. the storm has been downgraded to a depression. it didn't have much of an impact along the gulf coast. tropical storm warnings have been called off in louisiana, alabama, and florida. and now as it always seems, remnants of one of these storms making its way here. >> that's right, brian. there is a huge area of high pressure sitting to the north but we are starting to see that very same tropical rain slowly creeping up 95, a little heavier batch as you can see in the brighter colors down around the fredericksburg area. ths is slowly but surely going to make its way north throughout the night. there will be a sharp cutoff. it might not get to baltimore tomorrow morning. it's taking a very long time but this rain will be around in our forecast for the next several days. mostly light stuff around here. but heavier rain across north carolina, southern virginia, and georgia from the remnants of ida. we may be talking six, seven or eight inches of rain down there and we've seen them as high as six inches.
when it came a shore earlier today in alabama, it only had winds of 45 miles an hour, and it's really creeping along. we will get back to that in a moment. let's get you caught up with the weather headlines so you can know what to expect in a nutshell. ida will be bringing showers into the forecast. they will be around for the morning commute, especially d.c. on south. we aren't talking about heavy rain, though, tomorrow. a koas tall storm will develop -- a koas coastal storm will develop and that could be a pretty good deal for areas along the coast from georgia up to delaware and beyond. t. heaviest rain with this system will be north carolina, southern virginia, but the cool air, the breeze will be kicking in and the showers will be around for the next three days, and maybe even into the weekend. here is our area of low pressure that once was ida. it was weak but is moving very slowly. 60 miles northwest of tallahassee. look at the huge rain shield that is being produced by it. i've seen 6 and almost 7-inch
amounts across florida and georgia, but most -- nobody has gotten anything higher than that. and that's plenty. you can see the heavier rain coming up 85 and interstate 95 and working into the southern suburbs overnight. part of the reason it's getting blocked is this huge area of high pressure just to the north. there will be a real sharp cutoff, and it will block a lot of that heavy moisture from getting in here but we will see the remnants over here to the coast, right around the wilmington area. certainly by thursday morning, and then it will be' quite a coastal nightmare, a lot of erosion possible as the system strengthens and eventually heads out to sea. the heaviest rain down here, the showers and forecast for us off and on through veteran's day tomorrow, and into thursday and probably into friday, and can't even rule out an east flow hanging around for saturday. how much rain are we talking about. here is the bull's eye down here, seven inches or more for coastal north carolina. and an inch of rain in d.c. give or take a little bit.
we will be on the very northern edge of it with the sharp cutoff. the forecast, the showers will be sneaking into the suburbs. not a lot of heavy rain. temperature about 49, and for tomorrow, again, veteran's day, clouds and showers, much cooler than today. we got up to 66 degrees today. it will only be about 55 tomorrow with that northeast wind making it feel pretty chilly your five-day forecast and it's a lot of clouds the next couple of days. off and on showers. friday perhaps we begin to break out of it but we can't totally say we'll be shower free, and little lingering morning drizzle on saturday is what we are expecting, about 62 degrees then. sunday looks nice. like it will be partly sunny and 67. so hang in there. >> like that, thanks, sue. next on the edge, a pilot busted for booze moments before takeoff. plus keeping a close eye on a developing story. john mahammad is dead, executed less than two hours ago. new details about his last moments, and new reaction from those who witnessed his death. >> and this side is nothing new.
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>> a bank robbery, maybe even a jewelry heist might cam to mind when you think of how thieves could rake in 87 grand. you probably didn't think of books in the library. john hannahan has more on the book ring bust. >> reporter: nowadays, some books, particularly college tebooks, or general boxes about science, are very expensive. phil robling is the manager of the towson box exchange a few blocks off campus from towson university. >> here is a $81 used textbooks, would sell for about $120 new. so student could get anywhere up to maybe 60 bucks for that if they were selling it back. >> reporter: sometimes it's not students selling the high value
volumes to the book exchanges. sometimes it is people who are stealing the books from public libraries. >> an employee here high quantitiesville brag of the prince george's public lie noticed one patron had failed to return a lot of books that had exceptionally high values. >> reporter: hyattsville police began an investigation. meanwhile police at the university of maryland baltimore county announced arrests for a similar pattern. thefts of valuable library books, and their subsequent resale. the pattern was noticed again at the library at harford county community college. >> ironically, i found a number of books on ethics, s there fee, but -- philosophy, but by and large in the science and medical field. >> porter: the local investigation of library thefts went into high gear. detectives believe that high- value books were taken from 12 of the 18 brags of the pg -- branches of the pg county library system and now 12 people